Church of the Open Door


The Grace of God’s Presence by Dr. Glenn Jago

Genesis 3:15-24

The biblical worldview we have been pursuing involves the importance of the believer viewing life from God’s perspective and not the perspective of the culture or one’s own emotions. This biblical perspective requires the believer to make a choice in the midst of varying circumstances and trials; whether it is facing the death of a loved one, sickness, an unexpected phone call, criticism, personal failure, or a monotonous life. Consequently, if the awareness of the grace of God’s presence is not our abiding thought, we may find ourselves in constant turmoil, separate from the God’s intended rest (Hebrews 4:10), and straying from a life lived from God’s infinite perspective.

But what happens when we sin and are presently living in turmoil and unrest?  Does God’s presence become a harsh rejection? The answer, found in the middle of judgment and removal, may surprise you because contained in this passage is an amazing display of God’s grace.

God’s presence demonstrates:

  1. The grace to pursue – 3:8-13
  2. The grace to punish – 3:14-19
  3. The grace to protect – 3:20-24

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